Cataclysmic or positive? The impact of the national living wage on social care

“Although it is a challenge, the advent of the “national living wage” can also be seen as a positive influence on the adult social care sector in a number of ways.

The majority of frontline staff are paid at or very close to the statutory legal level. An increase of 50p per hour is significant to many workers. This still doesn’t adequately reflect the value of the work they do, which requires compassion and dedication as well as an increasing level of skill and knowledge as care becomes more complex. But for many, particularly those employed in homecare with its varying wages, it will help them earn enough to meet the basics of life, and continue to do the job which many of them love.”

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